Vantage Drilling International will supply the Topaz Driller jack-up rig and drilling services to deliver the well, with operations expected in the second quarter of 2019.
The Topaz Driller was recently mobilised to Cameroon by a third-party at another offshore project – it is due to drill two appraisal wells on the Etinde discovery, which a joint venture for New Age, Lukoil and Bowleven.
At Thali, it an appraisal operation with the NJOM-3 designed to test the thickness of previously discovered reservoir, and, also test for other potential reservoirs at the new location.
Production testing aims to upgrade current resource estimates and provide data for a subsequent field development strategy.
"We are very pleased to have secured the Topaz Driller, the same rig which our well management team at Bedrock Drilling used to drill the two recent Etinde wells,” said Jeremy Asher, Tower chief executive.
“We see the NJOM-3 well, in Q2 2019, as just the beginning of our drilling activity on the Thali license, as we explained in our corporate presentation of last month.
“The rig timing remains consistent with that schedule, including its target of first oil by the end of 2019."